Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook
Kids on YouTube: Technical Identities and Digital Literacies
Left Coast Press, 2014
Paperback, 272 pages, $34.95
Critical Studies faculty member Patricia G. Lange wrote this academic ethnographic monograph on understanding kids’ everyday engagement with new media. Debunking the stereotype of the self-taught computer whiz, Lange describes the collaborative social networks kids use to negotiate identity and develop digital literacy on the 'Tube. Her long-term ethnographic studies also cover peer-based and family-driven video-making dynamics, girl geeks, civic engagement, and representational ethics. This book operates in the realms of new media studies, communication, science and technology studies, digital anthropology, and informal education.
The book was recently profiled on Henry Jenkins's blog.